Floating amongst the pristine isles and sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, the idyllic island of Tortola is both the largest, and most serene, of the British Virgin Islands. Known as a sailor’s paradise, Tortola welcomes charter guests with lush, mountainous hills, colorful landscapes and world-class beaches.
If you’re in the mood to explore, walk through the island’s winding streets and peruse handmade crafts in artisan shops, grab a frozen cocktail in a pirate bar or stroll through local markets.
Looking for something more active? Head to the water for an early-morning surfing lesson, take a hike in the lush hills, or explore centuries-old shipwrecks at the bottom of the Caribbean. In a place as magical as Tortola, your wish is the island’s command.
Tortola Yacht Charters: What to Do
Tortola has its own unique character. It’s the bustling heart of the British Virgin Islands, yet serene and unpretentious. A beautiful oasis in the Caribbean that offers a full itinerary of activities, tours and explorations for yacht charter guests. Whether Tortola is a stop on your charter, or you’ll be spending a few days before boarding, the islands is your playground.
Explore Road Town
Road Town is the center of life in Tortola. A mythical Caribbean oasis, bathed in pirate legend, Road Town offers a wide array of activities for charter guests. From shopping, to secluded beaches, to eco adventures, it’s easy to while away the hours in Road Town. Plus, it seems a festival or regatta happens every weekend – like the BVI Spring Regatta – so there’s always something to do.
Explore Rhone Marine Park
There’s nothing quite like diving a shipwreck, and that’s one of those unique Caribbean experiences. You can do just that at Rhone Marine Park. The park encompasses Dead Chest Island and the surrounding warm waters. And just below the surface lies the HMS Rhone, a mail ship that sunk in 1867. Bring your snorkel gear!
Snorkel Smugglers Cove
Located on Tortola’s west end, Smugglers Cove is an oasis of soft, white sand beaches, tropical palms and island breezes. You’ll love the beachside cabanas. Yet, the real draw is the cove’s waters, home to some colorful and vibrant barrier reefs. If you’re still looking for snorkeling spots, check out Brewers Bay and The Indians, which offer corals and rock formations to explore.
Surfing and Watersports
If you’re a surfer at heart, you’ll find the best waves at Apple Bay Beach. The beach is a haven for watersports enthusiasts. Kitesurfing, paddleboarding, sea kayaking – if you want to get off the yacht and into the water – this is the place. And before heading back aboard, stop in at Bomba’s Surfside Shake, a classic bar known for its full moon parties and Bomba’s Punch.
Tortola is home to some of the most breath-taking and relaxing beaches in all of the Caribbean. Laze away afternoons in the lush sand of the island’s most famous. From the gorgeous beaches of Josiah’s Bay, to the solitude of Cane Garden Bay, soak up the rays with a rum cocktail in your hand.
Sage Mountain National Park
Towering above Tortola is Mount Sage, and a hike up to capture the views is the perfect way to spend your time on shore. The surrounding National Park is a tropical oasis, allowing hikers to get away from the bustle and experience relaxation. Not to mention, the panoramic views from the top are postcard-worthy.
Rum Distillery Tours
The Caribbean produces the world’s best rums, and on Tortola there are plenty of craft distilleries to explore. Check out Callwood Distillery, the world’s oldest rum distillery, with continues to produce BVI-style rums. Take a tour of the historic distillery and hear tales of pirate lore (and don’t forget to taste a few).
All around Tortola, you’ll find cays and islands to explore. From Great Thatch Island and Frenchman’s Cay to the west, to Little Camanoe and Marina Cay to the east. Tortola’s neighboring islands offer the best in afternoon explorations, beach picnics and relaxing explorations via tender.
Tortola Yachting: When to Go
BVI and Tortola charters are wonderful year-round. Yet, winter tends to be the best time to go – when the weather’s nice, the water warm, and the cruising conditions idyllic.
- When to Go: BVI’s peak charter season begins in late fall and runs to early spring. December to late March is primetime for Tortola yacht charters, although charters are available year-round.
- What to Expect: During the winter, the weather is incredible. Temperatures hover in the mid-70s, and the water temperatures match – averaging about 75 degrees.
- Sailing Conditions: Throughout winter, the BVI’s seas are “relaxed,” with 5-15 knot winds and 3- to 4-foot waves.
Tortola Charters: Gateway to the British Virgin Islands
Tortola lies in the center of the British Virgin Islands, making it an ideal stop for exploring all the out islands. Typically, BVI yacht charters begin in nearby St. Thomas – the main port for megayachts.
Although itineraries are customizable – whether you want to see and do – a sample week-long itinerary might take you from St. Thomas to St. John (both of which are part of the U.S. Virgin Islands), to Tortola, with stops at popular out islands. BVI charters tend to stop in popular hangouts, like Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island, and Virgin Gorda.
Explore beautiful Tortola on your next BVI charter. Contact your broker with Worldwide Boat now to learn more about luxury charters and yachts available for Tortola and the Virgin Islands.